Kathy Guthrie     Dr. Kathy L. Guthrie

Dr. Guthrie serves as the director of the Leadership Learning Research Center. She is an associate professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. In addition to teaching in the Higher Education program, Dr. Guthrie also coordinates the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies, which is a partnership between the College of Education and the Center for Leadership & Social Change. Her research focuses on the learning outcomes and environment of leadership and civic education, online teaching and learning, and professional development for student affairs professionals.

Dr. Guthrie has authored several refereed journal articles and edited and authored several books.  In 2016 she co-edited a New Directions in Higher Education issue titled “Reclaiming Higher Education’s Purpose in Leadership Development.” In 2013, she co-authored “Cultivating Leader Identity and Capacity in Students from Diverse Backgrounds.”

In her current role with Florida State University, she has taught courses in higher education, including Introduction to Student Services, Leading Change in Higher Education, Practicum in Student Services, and Capstone in Higher Education. She has also taught courses in the undergraduate leadership certificate, including Leadership Theory and Practice, Leadership in Groups and Communities, Leadership and Change, and Leadership Experience. Over the course of her career, she has been honored with awards including the Transformation through Teaching Award (2015), Florida State University College of Education Teaching Award (2014), Association of College Personnel Administrators’ Emerging Scholar (2012), Seminole Faculty Award (2011), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Contributions to Student Affairs through Teaching (2010).

Dr. Guthrie is an editorial board member of the Journal of Leadership Education and Journal of College and Character. Currently, Dr. Guthrie is the associate editor of the New Directions in Student Leadership series and editor of the Contemporary Perspectives in Leadership Learning book series. She also currently serves as the chair for the Leadership Scholarship Member Interest Group in the International Leadership Association.

Dr. Guthrie received her Ph.D. in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008.

Dr. Cameron C. Beatty     Dr. Cameron C. Beatty

Cameron C. Beatty, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department. Dr. Beatty teaches courses in the undergraduate leadership certificate as well as conducts research with the Leadership and Learning Research Center. Dr. Beatty's research foci includes exploring the intersections of gender and race in leadership education, leadership development of students of color on historically white college campuses, and global leadership education for undergraduate students. His recent publications center on topics that include: supporting undergraduate Black womxn through Sister Circles, gains in leadership capacity for high achieving Black men leaders, and supporting undergraduate men in leadership education through liberatory pedagogy. He is a scholar passionate about deconstructing race, systemic racism, and hegemonic masculinity in postsecondary education environments.

Prior to joining the faculty at Florida State University, Dr. Beatty was an assistant professor at Salem State University in the higher education student affairs program. He was also the Coordinator  and Lecturer for the Leadership Studies Program at Iowa State University, where he was not only responsible for  the administration of the certificate program, but also directed the Global Leadership Study Abroad Program to Sweden and the Vermeer International Scholarship Program. Dr. Beatty has experience in fraternity and sorority advising, campus programming boards, and supervising academic peer mentors.

Dr. Beatty was named a 2018 ACPA Emerging Scholar designee. He completed his Ph.D. at Iowa State University in the Higher Education Administration Program with a concentration in Social Justice in 2014. Cameron received a B.S. in Sociology and a M.S. in Higher Education Student Affairs, both from Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB).

Brittany Devies     Brittany Devies

Brittany (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program (Student Affairs track) at Florida State University. Brittany teaches courses in the undergraduate leadership certificate as well as conducts research with the Leadership Learning Research Center. She received her B.S.Ed. in Early and Middle Childhood Studies with a minor in Leadership Studies from The Ohio State University and obtained her master's degree in Higher Education from Florida State University. Her research interests include women's leadership identity, capacity, and efficacy as well as leadership education and career development. In her free time, Brittany enjoys day trips to the beach, reading, and volunteering for her national organization to talk to members about positive body image and salary negotiation.

Pei Hu     Pei Hu

Pei is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education (Student Affairs track) program at Florida State University. Her research interests focus on college student self-authorship development and the measurement of the second phase of self-authorship – The Crossroads. Currently, she serves as a graduate research assistant for the Leadership Learning Research Center, responsible for research on academic leadership programs across the United States and other leadership research projects. Pei received her bachelor’s degree in Chinese Literature and Linguistics from Jianghan University in China and obtained her master’s degree in Higher Education at Florida State University. Outside of school and work, Pei enjoys doing yoga, reading, and video-calling her family in China!

Julie LeBlanc     Julie LeBlanc

Julie is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education (Student Affairs track) program at Florida State University. She received her bachelor's degree in social work with a certificate in leadership studies from Florida State University and obtained her master's degree in higher education at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to returning to FSU, Julie worked full-time at The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Tampa, where she developed and facilitated leadership development, community engagement, and diversity education programs, and taught in the Leadership Minor program. Her research interests focus on the intersection of leadership, diversity, and service programs and their impact on student learning and success. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her Pomeranian, Coco, and cheering on the FSU football team.

Dr. Marianne Lorensen     Dr. Marianne Lorensen

Dr. Lorensen is a Specialized Teaching Faculty member in the Leadership Learning Research Center. Prior to arriving at FSU in 2018, Dr. Lorensen’s career presented her with opportunities to work as a leadership educator and student affairs professional at several other notable public universities. She has a B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences Education from the University of Kentucky, an M.Ed. in Youth & Family Education from The Pennsylvania State University, and an Ed.M. in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her doctorate in Human Sciences and Leadership Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014.

Dr. Lorensen loves leadership learning both in and out of the classroom and particularly enjoys providing her students with opportunities for experiential learning. Her areas of scholarship and expertise include youth leadership development, college student leadership development, service-learning, group and team dynamics, and curriculum/program development. She would love having you stop by her office to discuss any of these topics or talk about college basketball, your favorite books, or your favorite podcasts.

Riccardo Purita     Riccardo Purita

Riccardo is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Gettysburg College. After college, Riccardo served for two years with AmeriCorps as a City Year Milwaukee Corps member and Pennsylvania Campus Compact VISTA. He served as a VISTA in the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement at Drexel University. After joining the University of Florida for graduate school, Riccardo worked with student conduct through Residence Life and Education and assessment projects for the Division of Student Affairs. He received a Master of Education degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education from UF. Riccardo has also worked as an ACUHO-I intern at Brown University's Office of Residence Life. He spent the last two years as an Assistant Director of Residential Education at Dartmouth College.

Dr. Sally Watkins     Dr. Sally Watkins

Dr. Watkins is a visiting teaching faculty with the LLRC. She has taught a variety of the LDR courses offered at Florida State. Her research focuses on the history of leadership education at the collegiate level, socially responsible leadership development, and leadership learning and pedagogy.  Additionally, Sally is interested in the history of higher education, institutional presidents, and career readiness. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the University of Alabama, a Master of Education in Art Education at the University of North Georgia, a Master of Education in Post and Secondary Education at Arizona State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education at Florida State University. A native of Georgia, Sally loves being in the Northeast Georgia Mountains and spending time with her dogs.

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Dr. Josie Ahlquist

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

Dr. Josie Ahlquist is a student affairs educator, discovering the intersection of digital communication technologies and leadership development in higher education. She believes in challenging how higher education thinks about social media for community building, leadership development and student services. Josie received her Ed.D. from California Lutheran University doctoral program, studying higher education leadership. She is an alumna of Northern Arizona University with a master’s degree in counseling and holds undergraduate degrees from South Dakota State University, where she double-majored in sociology and human development and family studies. Josie is very attuned to the landscape of higher education and is passionate about developing leadership capacity of college students, as well as administrators. She has served as adjunct faculty at Florida State University, teaching undergraduate and masters level courses.

For the third year in a row she has been named to the “Top 50 Must Read Higher Education Technology Blogs” by Ed Tech Magazine.  She is a co-author in the Handbook of Student Affairs Administration textbook, writing the chapter on Computer-Mediated Communication and Social Media. She is also published in The Journal of Leadership Studies, in a thought piece called Trending Now: Digital Leadership Education using Social Media and the Social Change Model.  She is also a co-editor and author in New Directions in Student Services, “Engaging the Digital Generation.” Finally, Josie is a co-editor and author in the upcoming release of  New Directions in Student Leadership, "Going Digital in Student Leadership."

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